1. How can I stop procrastinating if I have trouble with distractions?
2. How can I stop procrastinating when I am always stressed and tired?
3. I’m behind on my assignments because I procrastinate and watch YouTube videos instead. I need help, but I’m afraid to ask my parents. What can I do?
4. How can I stop procrastinating on large school projects?
Try breaking your big projects into smaller sections, and completing each section daily or weekly. This will make the project seem less overwhelming and more manageable.
5. Can I listen to music while doing a task?
6. I usually take about 5 to 10 minute breaks between homework, but when I return from doing that, it ends up being an hour! How can I stop this habit?
You could try to set yourself a timer for the break.You could also something that during the break that will not distract you, such as taking a walk. Reading exciting books, listening to music, and watching TV can easily turn a 5 minute break into a 50 minute break.
7. My school uses the internet for a lot of my homework. This is a problem because the source of distractions is right in front of me! What can I do?
8. How can I improve concentration and stop being discouraged when I can’t figure something out?
To improve concentration, make your space one of pure of distraction. Remove all distractions such as games, devices and the like. As for the figuring out, think outside the box. In fact, to figure something out, ask somebody who is actually outside the box. Your mom comes in a good use in that time — explain to her your problem, which is out of her field, and most of the time you will find the solution before you even finish explaining. If you don’t, your mother or the other person may come up with an idea that you did not think to explore.
9. I’m 11 and I can’t finish my homework! I get done around 10:00 at night and I’m getting really stressed. What should I do to finish earlier?
10. I procrastinate because my parents are very strict and my classmates all seem to do better than me. How can I overcome this pressure?
Combining an app like Forest with an app like Yelling Mom will not allow you to move your phone or shut off the Yelling Mom app until the time you designated ends.
If it is homework that’s the problem, get the majority done at school if you can. If not, try to do most right after school since it will be easier on your brain to do more work since you just got home. This is better than putting it off until the night, when you might end up not doing it or making mistakes which can cause you a bad grade.
If you’re suffering from anxiety or depression associated with your procrastination, talk to your friends and family. It’s okay to ask for help, and you should also consider talking to your doctor or a therapist.
Avoid over-rewarding yourself. If you put too many blocks of “reward time” into your daily schedule, you’re not going get things done. Stick with small end-of-the-day rewards, and save the big celebrations for your free days.